Coals to Goals

AGE: Adults and children
WHEN: Various
LOCATION: Sunderland
CATEGORY: Health and Wellbeing

Coals to Goals is a heritage project made possible thanks to Heritage  Lottery funding, which works with SAFC, supporters and local community groups to capture living memories about the club and Sunderland.

Over the next two years, an interactive timeline will be created within Stadium Park for fans to enjoy and alongside a series of educational workshops with Durham Miners’ Association.

Inspired by the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, participants:

  • Connect: weekly heritage-based interventions which bring communities together, including older people at risk of loneliness, those living with dementia and those on low incomes.
  • Learn: children learn about the history of Sunderland and its relationship with the football club through a contextualised education programme that supports improvements in subject areas such as literacy and numeracy.
  • Take Notice: an interactive timeline will be installed within the stadium footprint which takes people on a journey through Sunderland AFC’s history.
  • Give: we empower local people, including those who are unemployed, to lead activities as Heritage Ambassadors.
  • Be Active: take part in physical activity, from guided heritage walks to progression pathways into other activities offered by Foundation of Light.

The Coals to Goals project is brought to life by a steering group comprising of representatives from Sunderland AFC, the Senior Supporters Association and the Sunderland Council Heritage Team and is managed by Olympic marathon runner, Guinness world record holder and local Sunderland hero, Aly Dixon.

So why not register your interest in the programme today!

Venue: Beacon of Light and Stadium of Light. Sessions can also be held at any local community group, workplace etc. 


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Age: 55+

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Age: 19+

Price: Free

Location: Sunderland

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